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April 30, 2005

Erzurum, Turkey

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The great Seljuk architecture tries to match the scale of the high planes of Turkey. Most of the minarets to these buildings unfortunately have been struck by lightning and crumbled. Its stone foundations are still monumental giving these small towns an anchor to the undulating surrounding mountains.

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April 29, 2005

Carsi Camii, Trabzon, Turkey

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Carsi Camii is one of my favorite mosques yet. It addresses many different urban conditions at once. One corner forms a wall to a plaza with fountain and market stalls as the other corner embraces an incoming street. The minaret sits at the intersection of the mosque, plaza and arcaded entry. Market stalls are set down below adressing the many slopes of Trabzon along with the entry stair into the mosque.

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April 28, 2005

Taj Han, Trabzon, Turkey

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Filled with Trabzon kids, this was once a hotel for the many traders from Russia, Armenia, and the rest of the world. Its dome has since fallen. But the carved out corners are everyone's favorite to sit and drink tea, Nescafe, and make out at this now cool cafe.

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April 27, 2005

Bedesten, Ankara, Turkey

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The Ottoman covered markets all over Turkey adapted the Byzantine four arch with dome above to fund many of the near by mosques. The Ottomans capitalized the many trade routes running through Turkey. The Bedesten was an important money making venture. This bedesten has been renovated and converted into the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The repetative elements and small openings for light create a great space to lose oneself focusing on the objects within. Light reflects off the many different angled brick planes. The large columns with delicate wood braces transfer the large forces of the dome above creating spaces of compression and expansion. A simple construction that is repeated and works for many different uses.

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April 26, 2005

Kutahya, Turkey

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Although many of the buildings in Kuthaya are in great disrepair, they are still standing. Color is much more prevelant here than in the Middle East. A nice little town with old wooden houses. This is how I imagine the city fabric was in the cities in Turkey that are now modernized.

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April 25, 2005

Bursa, Turkey

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This picture sums Turkey up. Head scarf on top, sexy high heels below. Beautiful, modern, and ancient. Bursa was once the capital of Turkey before Ottoman reign. Its fabric is religious and modern at once. The Turks have always been open to many things and embrace it all, because of their location, they really don't have a choice, or maybe they do and just want it all.

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April 24, 2005

My Next Car, Istanbul

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Sporty, small, convertable, good for the mountains and the city. If I designed a car it would look much like this, beautiful no?

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April 23, 2005

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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Hagia Sophia's layers of domes diffuse and reflect light. A great way to view the beautiful marble panels within. A wonderous space to spend time in.

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April 22, 2005

Tophane Fountain, Istanbul, Turkey

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The Tophane Fountain is a great monument from Ottoman times. People today still sit at sunset near the Bosphorous enjoying its beauty despite the fact the fountain no longer is opperable. Unfortunately many of the great monuments around Istanbul and Turkey have been destroyed by earthquakes and poorly restored. At one time the Boshorous River, dividing Asia from Europe, was lined with great Ottoman Architecture. Mother nature and Turkey's drive to become modern and European has broken the overwealmıng presence of the past. To find the balance of history and modernism is no easy task.

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April 21, 2005

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

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The eye column is erie like the rest of the cistern. Water dropping from the ceilıng into the water filled bottom echoes through the 336 columns within. Unfortunately no natural light is let in but they have installed cool red lights at the bottoms of the columns. There are also two medusa heads placed at the bottom of two columns, one sideways and one upside down adding to the mysterıous, still air. I wonder if thıs is where the whole evil eye thing came from that ıs placed EVERYWHERE in Turkey.

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April 20, 2005

Temple of Athena, Assos, Turkey

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The raw sculptural doric columns on the Acropolis standing heroically over the Aegean Sea.

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April 19, 2005

Temple of Trajan, Pergamum, Turkey

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A beautiful sculpted object of white marble on top of a hill. The infrastructure to level the Acroplis is as amazıng.

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April 18, 2005

Ephesus Library, Turkey

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One of the fırst Libraries in the world.

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April 17, 2005

Ephesus, Turkey

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Probably the best Roman Street I have been to yet. It had to follow the mountain valley rather than the usual rigid Roman grıd.

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April 16, 2005

Fethiye, Turkey

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An ancient tomb siting ın the middle of the town. The ancient and the modern coexisting next to one another, peacefully. Why do Amerıcan cities demolish the old and build new? Or worse yet demolish the old and build new trying to look like the old. We ignore the past and therefore our cities are sterile and fake.

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April 15, 2005

Fethiye, Turkey

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A view from the pension.

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April 14, 2005

Kayakoy, Turkey

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A real ghost town in Turkey, some exchange program with Greece apparantly. Only the stone exists, nothing else. Like Invisible Cities, Calvino

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April 13, 2005

Earth, Turkey

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When the captain says, do you want to spin? Say yes, they collapse a corner of the paraglider and you spin towards earth, very, very fast. Needless to say, I did not pull out my camera to get a picture of this event. We soared over town and landed flawlessly as the sunbathers watched. I guess they moved out of the way, they dıd not trust me?

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April 12, 2005

Oludenız Valley and Lagoon, Turkey

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The water here ıs the most beautıful blue I have seen the Mediterranean to be, popsicle blue, otherwise known by locals as the Turquoise Coast.

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April 11, 2005

Heaven, lookıng down on Oludenız, Turkey

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Luckily I jumped off the mountain wıth an experienced paraglider. I have met many people wıth jobs that I want-Sahara desert guide, Horse back guide at the pyramids, Felucca captaın on the Nile, Elephant guide in India, now parasailer in Turkey. He asked if I paraglided before, I said I parasailed and snowboarded. He laughed at me, very hard.

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April 10, 2005

Oludeniz, Turkey

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Taking a break from all that architecture, I jumped off a mountain...

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April 09, 2005

Olympos, Turkey

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I have probably only witnessed a few days of rain my intire trip. Finally it came in Turkey. Olympos ruins are beautiful in that they have not been cleared. Slowly nature ıs reclaiming the valley that was once ruled my the mysterious Lycians. Note the yellow flowers growing on top of the door. It is beautiful roaming through the forest and finding architectural elements hidden away. Mount Olympos in the background, in the clouds, covered with snow, while natural flames seep through crevises ın the rock, just like they did in Lycian times.

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April 08, 2005

Turkey Coast

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Once you cross the boarder from Syria to Turkey you instantly feel like you are in Europe. Infrastructure, signs, and everythıng seems scaled for bıg buses rather than humans. The landscape changes profoundly as well. From desert to snow capped mountains with green fields and red, yellow, and whıte flowers everywhere.

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April 07, 2005

Aleppo, Syria

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Aleppo I liked even more than Damascus. There are more public monuments still existing. This is my favorite mosque yet, a truly heroic mosque. Jumbling the tower and entry at a key corner intersection of the city. Aleppo has been a great surprise and a great break through for my studies. I will be back here to study Aleppo more in May. Note the wood element in the forground, these are scattered throughout the cıty. I hope they can stay and be restored. I found an exhıbıt that looked like there was interest in such an idea. If only Amerıcan tax payers money could go towards keepıng other cultures rather than threatening them.

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April 06, 2005

Valley of the Tombs, Palmyra, Syrıa

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Huge tombs scattered along the desert valley, a powerful setting.

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April 05, 2005

Palmyra Street, Syrıa

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Castle in the background from Ottoman times. I made it for sunrise and sunset which is beautiful here. Not much else to do in the middle of the desert. When I reached the top of the mountain at 6 am there were three people watchıng the sunrise as well. They clapped as I arrived, they drove up, comedians.

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April 04, 2005

Palmyra, Syrıa

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Palmyra is dramatıc. In the middle of the desert, the stone is the same color as the sand. Yet the Romans could still do their thing, another great gateway.

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April 02, 2005

Damascus Palace, Syrıa

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I made many friends ın Damascus. Zaed and Laura checkıng out the goods.

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April 01, 2005

Market Street, Damascus, Syria

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Most streets in the old part of Damascus are pedestrian. Although apparantly they were gutted several times to clean up the city after several uprisings, the historic infrastructure still exists. The old city, although it does have its tourist shops, they do not dominate compared to most cities I have been. Old palaces have been converted to restaurants and people gather ın the beautıful courtyards smokıng shisha and gossipıng like they have for centuries in the claimed oldest city in the world. One can feel the history here and it is beautiful. I urge everyone to buy a ticket to Damascus, once you're there, you wıll not want to leave, and you won't have to because it is cheap place to travel. Americans have the largest visa fee, thanks to our great government. Everyone I have met travelıng here stays for as long as they can. I wıll be back in May.

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